On this day: April 28

One of the world’s most famous sporting arenas opened its doors in 1923, while an F1 great won his first race with Ferrari.

1923 – First match played at Wembley Stadium, the home of football


Dubbed by Brazilian legend Pele as the ‘Cathedral of football’, Wembley Stadium is perhaps the best-known sporting arena the world.

Build by Sir Robert McAlpine and opened by King George V, Wembley hosted its first match in 1923 when Bolton Wanderers beat West Ham United 2-0 in the FA Cup final.

Wembley has staged annual FA Cup finals, five European Cup finals, the 1948 Summer Olympics, the 1966 World Cup Final, the final of Euro 96, the 1992 and 1995 Rugby League World Cup Finals, before closing its doors in 2000.

It was demolished in 2002-2003, and the new Wembley Stadium was built on the same site, opening in 2007.

1974: First F1 win for Niki Lauda


After moving to Ferrari at the start of the 1974 season, Lauda needed only four races to claim the top step on the podium for the Maranello team, doing so at the Spanish Grand Prix.

Although he could only muster one more win that season despite setting the pace for large parts, his skill was unquestioned.

He won his first F1 title the following year, but suffered extensive scarring from the burns to his head when his Ferrari crashed at the 1976 German Grand Prix at the Nürburgring.

After a short hiatus, Lauda returned to racing and remained a force to be reckoned with, winning the 1977 and 1984 titles as well.

Sporting Birthdays

1960: Walter Zenga, Italian footballer
1966: John Daly, American golfer
1968: Andy Flower, Zimbabwean cricketer
1970: Diego Simeone, Argentine footballer and coach
1983: Roger Johnson, English footballer